Russian American Pastors Combat Propaganda in Their Churches

"Tensions are surfacing among Slavic communities in the US, which have ties to both sides of the war in Ukraine." - C.Today

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dgszweda's picture

Sounds a lot like what American pastors are having to do.

Aaron Blumer's picture


There are similarities.

I can only imagine what it must be like, though, to have Russians in the pew next to Ukrainians right now.

It's another example of why we have to be laying down strong, clear, well-applied theology all the time. When a crisis hits--whether a war or a sudden dramatic cultural shift--it's a bit late. Maybe not "too" late, but people are a lot less teachable when they've already got an emotionally charged commitment to a specific position in a controversy.

So teachers, disciplers, parents, etc.: part of our job is to imagine what might be next and help Christians get rooted properly now to deal with it. Things like metaverse, transhumanism, genetic engineering are on the horizon, and we're having a hard time with simple things like whether it's ethical to back incumbents who try to steal elections.

Views expressed are always my own and not my employer's, my church's, my family's, my neighbors', or my pets'. The house plants have authorized me to speak for them, however, and they always agree with me.

Bert Perry's picture that most of the Russian immigrants I've met in this country more or less fled the government.  Not much love for Putin there.  It's far more prevalent to hear people who were born here get "taken in" by pro-Russian propaganda, things like assuming that efforts to destroy bioweapons are in fact efforts to create them, assuming that the presence of a few hundred ultranationalists justifies an invasion of a nation of many millions, and the like.

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

Joeb's picture

So this adds to the problem in Evangelical Churches with both Russians and Ukrainians in them. Pennsylvania I believe has the second largest Ukrainian population in the US.  I don't know any Ukrainians in my area but there is a big group of Athletic Fields near me in Bucks County belonging to the Ukrainian Sports Association of Philadelphia.  Plus I have passed a good sized Ukrainian Baptist Church in Warminster Pa when I was delivering car parts a lot. My guess the bulk of the Ukrainians are Baptist Catholic or Orthodox.  Tough situation for the Pastors of these churches but it should be noted that a lot of the Russians in Ukraine support Zelensky  

Before I say the next thing I consider Putin a stone cold killer and his invasion totally unjustified and his attacks on civilians war crimes. Although I hold this opinion I do have some criticisms against Killary Obama and McCain along with the Europeans. They meddled in Ukraine and got the Democratically elected Ukrainian President driven out before the end of his term because he favored Putin. From what I'eve read there was no huge amount of fraud in his election to say he was not legit.

 The above being said what was our excuse for meddling. For all we know this legit President knew Putin would do what he is doing now and this President didn't think it was worth the death and destruction to move toward the West. The guy was the duly elected President of Ukraine therefore he deserved to end his term.  The US is all for democracy in other Countries until it doesn't meet what we want. Remember Iran. In 1953 we overthrew the Democratically elected government and installed the Shah who was a cold blooded killer himself. We did it so the Brits could control the oil in their Former Colony.  I believe the Brits tried to install the Shah but flopped. The Brits were offended by the Democratically elected Iranian President who wouldn't take the usual bribes and go back to his hut and shut up.  

Rob Fall's picture

of the "Slavic" churches are Evangelical Christian Baptists. The ones I have attended over the last 30 years are a mixture of the different nationalities from the old USSR. Though Russian is the language used in the church. The congregations I've been the most involved with are affiliated with what was the unregistered/underground movement.

Hoping to shed more light than heat..